It's Time To Talk - 'Letters To...' Series

Sunday, 23 July 2017

   Once again, it's time to talk...

   I've been somewhat open on here about my mental health of late, but there is still so much to talk about. I honestly really like sharing my thoughts and feeling on a platform where I don't actually have to interact with anyone face to face, as it makes me feel really uncomfortable doing so. Which is why I have decided to start making a 'Letters To...' series. 


If you are unfamiliar with various 'Letters To...' series, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Emily Diana Ruth have both done 'Letters To...' series, Carrie's being 'Letters To Autumn' and Emily's being 'Letters To July'.

I don't intend my 'letter's to be held to one particular month or season. I intend them to be for me, wherever, whenever. They are going to be a place and a time where I can say what I'm feeling and to acknowledge what's happening around me, and hopefully, in turn, will help clear my head and help me make sense of a few things, and hopefully, you guys will enjoy them too.

It'll be a mix of whats happening in my everyday life and possibly a few things that have been on my mind for a while, mixed in with some lovely footage for your eyes to have a gander over! I'm not going to limit myself to a particular number of videos for this series every month so they will be released in 'parts'.

I hope you guys enjoy the series! The first part will be up soon!

Love,  K :)

20 Years Of Magic - Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary

Monday, 26 June 2017

I can't believe it's been 20 years...

Harry Potter has been in my life for as long as I can remember. On the 26th of June 1997, Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone was published in the UK. I would have been 8 months old and little did I or anyone else realise what an impact it would have on my life. The first Harry Potter film I went to see at the cinema was The Prisoner of Azkaban, and it remains to this day my favourite book and film.


I really can't put into words how much the books, films and characters of this fantastic series mean to me. Every time I open the books, it feels like I'm returning home; every page reunites me with old friends and every adventure I get to relive.

Harry Potter has touched so many lives throughout the publications of the books and the releases of the films, and now we have The Cursed child and the Fantastic Beasts films, it truly does show that the magic will always live on.

Bravery, kindness, understanding, hope and most importantly, love. These are all things that the book series have taught me, and it all started with The Philosophers Stone. Harry Potter will always be with me. I will read it to my children, my friend's children and they will read it to their own children. The magic will always live on, within us and within the wonder of the books and films.

Thank-you for 20 years of magic.

Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.

Love, K :)

Wizarding World Book Club!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Have you heard the news?! Pottermore are launching a Wizarding World Book Club, and I can't be more excited about it! I can't wait to delve into the books again, and this would be a brilliant starting point if you're someone who hasn't read the books before!


The Wizarding World Book Club aims to bring the wonderful community of Harry Potter and Wizarding World lovers back to the books and to celebrate them, as it's the 20th anniversary of The Philosophers Stone on the 26th on June! During the book club, everyone will have the chance to participate in discussing different themes every week, starting, of course, with The Philosophers Stone! You can participate on the Pottermore site or on the Book Clubs official Twitter! Every week, we will all be exploring a new theme of the wizarding world, diving deep into every little detail of each book.

It's going to be so much fun! 

I've also decided that as well as reading along with the community, I'll also be baking and making a Harry Potter inspired recipe each week so I've got something lovely to snack on whilst reading the books; which of course I will post on my blog, twitter and I'll also be making a video on my channel as well!

So get ready for an awesome few months of magic, wizards, cauldron cakes and pumpkin pasties!

The official start date for the book club is on the 26th of June, so get ready!

Love, K :)

The Snow Spider - Jenny Nimmo | Book Review

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Rating: 3.5/5

"On Gwyn's 9th birthday, his grandmother tells him he may be a magician, like his Welsh ancestors. She gives him five gifts to help him--a brooch, a piece of dried seaweed, a tin whistle, a scarf, and a broken toy horse. One blustery day, unsure what to do with his newfound magic, Gwyn throws the brooch to the wind and receives a silvery snow spider in return. Will he be able to use this special spider to bring his missing sister, Bethan, home?"



This was such a charming read and would be perfect for young children! I came across this book whilst browsing in my local Waterstones, as I was looking for a small-ish book to read, and The Snow Spider caught my eye!

This book was first published in 1986, and the cover of this edition is really beautiful. The Snow Spider tells the story of a young boy named Gwyn who learns from his grandmother that he is a magician. We follow his story from learning how to summon his magic and finding out what happened to his missing sister Bethan all those years ago.

Upon reading, you would have never guessed that this was written over 30 years ago! The themes and language are all very much as relevant as a book written today. The subjects tackled within this book I think are vital, especially as this targets such a young audience. The themes mainly circle around loss, coming to peace with that loss and being able to let go, which I found was quite cathartic whilst reading. 

It is implied early on in the book that the loss of Gwyn's sister, Bethan, has had a tremendous effect on his family home. No one speaks about it, Gwyn's father doesn't show him any affection and Gwyn's mother can't bring herself to accept that their daughter is gone. Throughout the book, we see these characters grow and (without giving too much away, I wouldn't want to spoil anything!) finally come to terms that their daughter has left them.

This is also implied in another way. Gwyn's grandmother, affectionally known as Nain, gives him three gifts for his birthday that he will have to give away to learn if he wants to uncover if he is a magician or not. Gwyn finds himself becoming quite attached to the objects but understands that he has to give them up if he wants what his heart desires. 

Overall, this is a very charming tale of courage and bravery. I found myself relating to Nain more than I would have imagined (the description of her front room is practically my bedroom!). In this edition of the book, there is bonus material for children to sink their teeth into if they want to know more about the Welsh legends that are included in the book.

Let me know what you thought of this book in the comments!

Love, K :)

Lush 'Lullaby' Shampoo Bar | Beauty Review

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

I have always been a bit sceptical when looking to buy the solid shampoo bars from Lush. It wasn't until the ethical reasons for buying them made me do so! Lush sell their shampoo bars free from packaging and are made from natural ingredients, so if you're worried about your impact on the planet, it's good to know that you are helping to reduce waste by buying these products.


As you have probably already guessed, the Lush 'Lullaby' Shampoo Bar is a solid shampoo which required no packaging (unless you want to buy one of the small tins available at Lush stores to pop it in!). And also, as stated before, I have always been a bit hesitant to buy one on the means of how good that they wash hair. I'm so used to using my regular shampoo which I know does well for my hair and cleans and conditions it. But recently I have been taking actions to see how I can reduce the waste that I create and one of those ways was to reduce the packaging that I consume in my daily routines, one of them being when I shower. 

I don't know about you guys, but I have a mass of half empty bottles on the side of my bathtub from Christmas presents and mismatched conditioner and shampoos. It makes a task for when it comes to cleaning the tub, and that's how it got me thinking about how I can reduce the waste of plastic bottles. The only store that I know of that sells waste-free products was Lush, and that's why I decided to give their shampoo bars a try!


The 'Lullaby' shampoo bar contains so many lovely ingredients for your hair, including Oat Milk which soothes and calms, Ground Almonds, Organic Jojoba Oil which moisturises, French Lavender Oil for a lovely relaxing scent, Roman Chamomile Oil, Lavender Absolute and Neroli Oil.

The first time I used this bar, I was really unsure of how well it washed my hair, as my hair didn't feel as smooth as it normally does when I wash it in the shower. I lathered the bar up by running it a few times onto my hair and soon enough there was enough shampoo for me to clean my hair. After I dried my hair I was blown away from the results! My hair felt soft, smooth and smelt amazing! My hair had a soft bounce to it and looked really healthy. 

Overall, I was really pleased with how this solid shampoo washed my hair, and I'm even happier that it had no packaging, so less waste!

Let me know what you thought of this product if you have used it! I can't wait to try out more products in the solid shampoo range.

Love, K :)

Mental Health

Saturday, 22 April 2017

It's time to talk. I've struggled with my mental health for a few years now, and I've always been so scared to talk about it to anyone. There are somethings that I'm not ready to talk about yet, but I'm feeling like my issues with mental health are starting to be something in which I can share with people and hopefully, it will help them as well as me.


A few weeks ago I took time out from social media, mainly my Youtube channel. I felt like it was all just getting a bit too much. I have these episodes where I'll be mentally okay for a few months, and then it will hit me all at once, and that's what happened a few weeks ago. I spent a full two days in bed, not motivated to do anything (even though I had film planning, editing and writing to do), I binged on junk food and slept for probably a good 16 hours on both days.

This has happened a few time in the past 4 years, and I always thought that was me just being lazy. I've always been labelled the 'lazy one' in the family, and my parents have always told me that I am, while also telling me to stop being so.


Please understand that I am not labelling myself as depressed. I know people who have depression and I wouldn't want to seem like I am somehow intruding onto the very serious mental illness, as I know that self-diagnosed mental illnesses have been at a bout of controversy at the moment and I wouldn't want to make people's actual issues with depression seem trivial or less important. I haven't been to the Doctor or GP to tell them how I feel, and that is a personal choice. In fact, I haven't really told anyone how I feel, and again, that is the choice that I am making. I feel better when I talk about my own mental health on platforms such as this, as (if you haven't guessed already) I don't really feel comfortable talking about it to those closest to me.

But let me be clear; being able to talk about mental health on any spectrum is a good step forward, and everyone should encourage it. If you are struggling with your mental health and want someone to talk to, go to a trusted friend or family member; they will be more understanding than you think, or perhaps a GP or therapist! There is no shame in telling people how you feel. With that being said, if you don't wnt to tell people how you feel, that's okay too, but if you are really struggling then please, find some courage and bravery (because I know you are both very courageous and very brave!) within yourself to accept that you might need a little help.

Stay brave x

K :)

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